Sunday, August 26, 2007

A story about a mattress

Ryan and I decided that it was time to be grown ups and get a queen sized bed. Since craiglist is our friend, we found a rather nice used one for a fraction of the new cost. We went and picked it up with no problems...just strapped it onto the top of the Pathfinder. Then we tried to get it in the bedroom. The mattress went up no problem. The box spring was another story. Even my engineer husband couldn't twist it in enough directions to get it into the bedroom.

So he called another engineer buddy and the discussed what to do. What he decided was to take the 3 wooden braces off the box spring. We got it to flex just enough to get it into the nursery and then into the bedroom. Now Ry just has to put the braces back on. We figured worst case scenario was that we destroyed the box spring and had to buy a platform bed frame or one of the box springs that comes in two. The funny part about this is that there are a ton of queen size box springs on craigslist from people who couldn't fit them up the stairs. Guess they didn't have engineer husbands.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Becoming a mom

Becoming a mom ...

Has given me a new sense of humor. I have laughed more in the past 5 months about poo than in the entirety of the rest of my life.

Becoming a mom ...

Has taught be about patience ... and frustration. Only when your child is crying for the 45th straight minute can you understand how both emotions can co-exist.

Becoming a mom ...

Has taught me about love. I love my husband in knowledge. I can explain all the reasons I love him. I love my son almost without knowledge. All I know about this love is that it fills my heart every time I see or think of him.

Becoming a mom ...

Has given me a mother's heart. Now when I see a child cry or hurt, I want to scoop them up, pet their hair and soothe them. Hearing my own child cry hurts in a place I didn't know existed.

Becoming a mom ...

Helps me to understand my own mother. I now understand why she cried through every school event, why she gets so angry when she feels I've been poorly treated, why she still calls me her baby.

Becoming a mom ...

Has taught me that sometimes doing the right thing for your child means that they might cry and

Becoming a mom ...

Has taught me that listening to those cries still hurts.

Becoming a mom ...

Makes me grateful. Grateful to God for blessing our family with such a tremendous gift. Grateful to my husband for being such a loving man and supporting our family. Grateful to my parents for teaching me right from wrong and how not to be a brat. Grateful that every morning I get to look into the eyes of my son and see trust and love shining from them.

Becoming a mom ...

Is my greatest accomplishment.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

We've raised a ham

Tucker was a bit of a crabass all day. Ryan decided to get a picture of him throwing a fit, but as soon as he got out the camera, Tucker did this. I can't believe he's already learned how to turn it off and on at 5 months old! I didn't think I'd have to deal with these kind of temper tantrums until he was much older. Too funny.

Burning up in Memphis

Tucker and I spent 11 sweltering days in Memphis visiting my mom. It was a nice trip, aside from being over 100 degrees every day we were there. I also got a chance to spend time with my Aunt Chrystal, who I haven't really spent much time with since I was 7 or 8. It's been fun getting to know people as an adult that I only knew as a kid. She's fun.

We found a ton of Tucker clothes at garage sales. I ended up with a second piece of luggage to get it all home. I probably bought $300 worth of clothes for $15. Great find!

I was glad to come home. 2 weeks is just a little too long to spend away from home and way too long to spend away from Ryan. Ahh, home.

Ignore Cathy's foot

Isn't this the best family picture? Ryan thought of having us lie on the carpet and get our picture taken from above. This is one for the frames I think.

Ryan family reunion

We spent a weekend in Marion IL visiting with just about all of the Ryan side of the family. Everyone was very excited to meet Tucker. Here is Ryan's Mummu with Tucker. He is their first great grandchild.

It was a really fun weekend. We got to hang out with all of the cousins, who have changed a ton since we last spent much time with them.

Tucker held up really well until we drove for 4 hours down to Memphis. As it turns out, Tucker's bucket limit is about 2 hours. Not a happy baby.
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